Andrew and Richard: Midsummer Day’s Celebration

We are proud that Hedsor House is a true blank canvas; whatever your dream celebration, we can most likely help you to make it happen!

So when Andrew and Richard came to us with their incredible ideas for a special midsummer marriage here at Hedsor, we were so excited to see how they would transform our beautiful spaces to achieve their grand designs.

We spoke to Andrew and Richard to hear more about their day and how they wove the concept of ‘sprezzatura’ into their special celebration…

It has been a delight having the freedom to create a spectacular ‘reconstructed’ marriage ceremony in the total privacy of this stunning Georgian mansion and gardens.
— Andrew

Why Hedsor House? 

"Location, location, location. The house has spectacular rooms, wonderful gardens, privacy and we loved that it is exclusive use. The only guests at the house are your own wedding guests.  We were allowed the flexibility of all reasonable requests to create an extraordinary and entrancing day of entertainments.

Details of the Day 

The Theme: We wanted our day to be absolutely flawless but also feel relaxed and inclusive. So we focused on the concept of ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian word that reflects ‘the art of studied nonchalance’… It means to conduct something perfectly but without apparent effort. Based on comments from our guests, we certainly feel as though we achieved this!

The Suits: We had Nehru under-suits of ivory trimmed with gold. We also had handcrafted jackets for the grooms and pageboy, each in separate colours of Duppion silk made in India. This was overlaid with gold arabesque designs that were made exclusively for us!

The Flowers: We went for summer floristry at its more opulent, though we also wanted it to look like a fresh herbaceous border brought indoors. This reflected the sprezzatura concept we were going for.

The Ceremony: We deconstructed the marriage ceremony, then ‘reconstructed’ it to incorporate elements relevant to us – from neopagan hand-fasting to international speakers on LGBT battles past and forward.  For example, we had a speech from the former Health Minister who championed Civil Partnership in Parliament.

We have been very touched by so many guests saying it is the best wedding day they have ever been to!
— Andrew

The Reception: We had an added surprise for our guests in line with the concept of a Midsummer Day’s Dream; a film production company set up a full-blown snow scene in the oak-panelled Ballroom. Snow falling in the middle of summer was an incredibly atmospheric addition!

The Food and Drink: Our caterers, Create Food, were wonderful. They created two dishes to our exact specification that we had designed to remind us of holidays. One included succulent pink duck breasts that everybody commented on!

The Entertainment: Entertainment was high on our agenda. Two very prominent stars of the West End performed in the Centre Hall, and the London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble entertained our guests in the Sunken Garden. This was alongside international tenor Harry Nicoll and the Aurai Trio.

The Photography: One of our guests is an internationally renowned cameraman, and our official photographer is a rising star. Both were asked to take informal and non-posed photos. However, our posed shot with all the guests in the stunning Sunken Garden from the upper balcony? Spectacular!

Plan every last detail and ensure performers know what they are doing – rehearse! Also make sure the guests have a clear vision of what is expected of them by putting timings in the Order of Service – everyone can prepare themselves, and therefore relax!
— Richard

The Suppliers

Catering: Create FoodBloomberry Juices / Flowers: Floral Designs Ltd / Wedding Jackets: Malcolm Hall / Wedding under-suit: Tailor Made London / Photographer: Paul Nicholas Dyke / Light, Sound & Stage: Visions Group / Revelry & Entertainment: Dreamtime Productions (Matthew Wren-Andrew, Kieran Brown, Shona White, Niall Bailey) / Harry Nicoll, (Tenor ‘Caro Mio Ben’) / London Gay Mens Chorus, Simon Sharp (Artistic Director) & the A Capella Stars / Pauline Savage and The Aurai Trio /Snow Theming: Snow Business 


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